Suzi Albracht: One of the Top 50 Indie Writers You Need To Be Reading

How can books so funny be so frightening?

The books I write are supernatural horror crime thrillers and paranormal romance/ghost novels that include intense personal relationships between characters. My characters have full, normal lives that get twisted into something else through no fault of their own. Whether they have become a ghost and discover a new undead world to roam or find themselves in pursuit of a dangerous madman with connections to the dark underworld, I want my readers to feel their pain, their joy, their fear… with every right or wrong turn they take along the way.

When I was young, I read everything I could get my hands on but was drawn to sci-fi, horror, and thrillers. I was a voracious reader who devoured books. As I matured, my main influences became Stephen King, Dean Koontz and William Faulkner. I humbly submit that my writing reflects a bit of all three of those great writers. I’ve been told that my style is similar to that of early Stephen King.

When I’m not writing, I shoot pool, watch movies, and create beautiful photo cards to display my books. You can visit me on Twitter or Facebook to see some of those beauties.

I can honestly say my twitter bio describes me to a T – Write, scare myself, turn all the lights on, write some more. Take a break, play pool, kick butt/get butt kicked, go write more horror, double lock door.

To reach me regarding my book (s) or to just say hello (please, no spam), email me at SuziAlbracht@aol.com or tweet me on Twitter: @SuziAlbracht.

Suzi Albracht

A Love Haunting

I am a dead guy, and this is my ghost love story.

We were enjoying the best life has to offer. Emily and I were expecting our first child, and I had become a doctor. I couldn’t have been happier if I won a million dollars. That beautiful night, we drove home from vacation in the Outer Banks, chatting about our baby’s first Christmas. But when a dilapidated station wagon crossed the center line and clipped my car, sending it flying into the trees, my live future ended… forever.

After the paramedics loaded Emily into the ambulance, I found myself aimlessly wandered down the sandy roads of the OBX, convinced I would be one of those hapless ghosts destined to hang around where they died. But I was sent a miracle. A skateboarding angel named Luke came into my dead life to teach me how to be a ghost. Then I was befriended by a trio of ghosts who haunt The Black Pelican in Kitty Hawk. Now my dead life is cool, but there is something missing… I need one last goodbye night with Emily. My new friends and Luke have offered to help me get that night but what will it cost me? Is there something worse than death for a ghost?

A Love Haunting is a “don’t miss” book. Do you believe in forever love and wonder if life after death is possible? If you enjoy reading books that touch your heart and where you find yourself fighting back the tears, holding your breath, and bursting out laughing, then A Love Haunting is perfect for you.

The Siren of Diamond Shoals

Dead guys tell no tales. Whoever said that never met a ghost.

Well, I’m a dead guy, and I’ve got several tales to tell. Here’s one. When Luke and I discovered that a couple of Blackbeard’s pirates had kidnapped one of our people, Cecilia, we set out on a rescue mission. None of my group are fighters, so we had to come up with a plan to send those gnarly, drunk pirates running into the night, without risking any of us. Let’s just say it involved dressing up like the band KISS. And it worked like a charm.

Once we got Cecelia back home, she said that Moria, the most villainous Siren on the Eastern Seaboard, had the bones of Maggie and Elise’s husbands locked in a chest in a dungeon on her compound. Now Blackbeard says he has our back and will help, but you know how pirates lie so I don’t know what we are going to do. Meanwhile, I am hiding a secret from Luke and the others… I’m still talking to my wife…by phone. I’m hoping I’ll get to see her again, but in the meantime, we text and call. I don’t stalk her… much. But I do watch her at times. I need her, you know? So what do you think? Can we retrieve the bones without putting one of us in danger? And will I ever get another shot at being with Emily?

The Siren of Diamond Shoals is one of those books that surprises you. Believe in forever love? Like a little adventure with your romance? Do you ever wonder what an existence after death would be like? Do you enjoy books that tug at your heart? Then The Siren of Diamond Shoals is perfect for you.

Death Most Wicked

Mikael was six years old when he learned his father was a murderer.

His mother, Sofia, knew there was more to it. Her husband wasn’t just a murderer, no, he was fiendish. She tried to shield Mikael from his father’s savage deeds. But when she discovered her husband, Dimitry Ivanovitch, had demonic plans for their son, she made a decision that would prove deadly if she were caught. In the dead of night, she snatched her son from his bed and fled to the safety of America. There, no longer living in fear, Mikael grew up and became a decorated homicide detective. Sofia, however, kept constant watch for signs that her husband had located them.

One hot August day, Mikael is assigned a string of kidnapping/murders of young girls. Soon another body turns up, and then another. With no suspects and no clues, the pressure proves too great for Mikael’s partner who commits suicide. Just when Mikael thinks things cannot get any worse, his father tracks him down. And now Ivanovitch is deeply involved with the Devil. He attempts to lure Mikael into his cult by dangling the name of the murderer in front of him. But the name comes with a steep price tag. Can Mikael escape his father’s clutches again? Or will he choose a fate worse than death to save the next little girl?

If you like sagas such as The Godfather and Goodfellas because of their heart-pounding action, and any of Stephen King’s books for thrilling terror, this book will have you turning pages all night long. Don’t miss out on Death Most Wicked.

Scorn Kills

Today, I woke up in another man’s coffin, under some poor soul’s limp body. It is so dark in here, but God help me, I think I know whose body it is.

This can’t be happening. Not now. I mean come on, I may be a short, balding guy with a thick waistline, but I’ve also got pockets full of money. Sure, most of it is family money, my wife’s family but it’s in my pockets. This is the time of my life, for crap’s sake. Can this really be happening? I swear when I was dragged up to the coffin, I saw my dead father-in-law in the corner of the room, his fingers crusted with dirt and dried roses from digging himself out of his grave. And he was clutching that damned contract he made me sign in my own blood.

Maybe fear is causing me to hallucinate but I think that monster, Royce, cut off my thumb before slamming the lid shut. I must be bleeding but I can’t lift my arm to check. Oh my God, the furnace just fired up. It’s rocking my coffin. My head was spinning from the drugs, but I know my formerly loving wife helped shove my body into this cramped chariot to hell. Surely, she’s just punishing me for my indiscretion with the lovely Karina. She’s going to come back and let me out with a reprimand, right? Wait a minute… is that crackling I hear? My toes are burning.

If you enjoy Twilight Zone-like books, you will enjoy Scorn Kills. And if snarky characters, ironic circumstances, and horror are your thing, this book will keep you enthralled, page after page. One reviewer has even asked, “how can a book so funny be so frightening?”

The Devil’s Lieutenant

A night at the local bar proves deadly for three friends when they fail to notice the rotting stink of evil coming from the far corner of the room.

Brothers Jake and Bobby Holyfield along with Max Wilson catch the eye of Dimitry Ivanovitch, the Devil’s right-hand man who is seeking victims for his Satanic cult. With one phone call, he discovers that Max is chronically unemployed and desperate for money. And that Bobby has an insatiable fiancé who is cheating on him, however, Jake has no weaknesses or secrets. Ivanovitch sets out to take the souls of all three but realizes Jake’s will be harder to steal.

Meanwhile, Jake is promoted to homicide detective. His first case is a perplexing one that appears unsolvable. Around the same time, Jake hears that Max is suddenly flush with unexplained money. Jake fears that Max has taken a dark turn. And then Jake gets unexpected help from an angel and another detective who contacts him with Intel that is crucial to not only his case but to the survival of humanity. However, now Jake’s worse fears are confirmed. Will Ivanovitch succeed in stealing Max and Bobby’s souls? Will he turn a good cop bad? Or will Jake rise up and save everyone?

The Devil’s Lieutenant reads like a mish-mash of the best scenes from the Godfather saga and the Exorcist. It is not your mama’s lullaby.

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